Motorola Moto G4 Play Review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick verdict

The Motorola Moto G4 Play is a budget phone. If you’re not fussed about having the latest and greatest and just want a plain smartphone to get on with the job, it’s perfectly suitable.

The good

  • Great Battery life
  • Dual SIM
  • Fast charging
  • Clean Android UI
  • Acceptable camera

The could-be-better

  • Incredibly generic design
  • Mediocre performance

Motorola Moto G4 Play at a glance
When was the Motorola Moto G4 Play released? September 2016
What’s new about the Motorola Moto G4 Play? Strong battery, fast-charging support, Android 6.0
How much does the Motorola Moto G4 Play cost? RRP $279

Motorola's Moto G4 Play is a budget phone that doesn't pretend to be anything else, meaning it's neither exciting nor disappointing.

One of the key reasons that Android has been able to take a commanding position in Australian smartphone sales has been thanks to the large number of budget-priced handsets on the market. Not that long ago paying less than $300 for a handset meant putting up with all sorts of compromises, but as technology has improved many of those compromises have been removed. You still won’t get world-beating performance, but phones such as the Motorola Moto G4 Play offer enough power and battery life for most everyday uses.

Design

  • Basic, utilitarian design
  • Motorola doesn't bog down the clean Android experience

Camera

  • Totally functional camera that'll do the job well enough

Performance

  • Adequate for simple day-to-day tasks
  • Complex apps and games will slow it down

Battery life

  • 2,800mAh battery is plenty for a budget phone
  • Can achieve all-day battery life without an issue

Verdict

  • A solid and dependable smartphone for those on a budget

Pricing and availability

Motorola Moto G4 Play

A basic smartphone you can depend on

Forget fancy designs and hyper-powered hardware; the Motorola Moto G4 Play just delivers simple smartphone functionality at an affordable price.

Promoted
  • The Motorola Moto G4 Play is no longer available from Australian retailers.
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OS Android 6
Display size (inches) 5
Display resolution (pixels) 1280 × 720
Pixels per inch (PPI) 294
Processor Snapdragon 410
Height (mm) 144.4
Width (mm) 72
Depth (mm) 9.9
Weight (g) 137
Battery size (mAh) 2,800
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 16GB
MicroSD expansion 128GB
Fingerprint scanner No
RAM 2
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 8
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 5
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
NFC support No
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Updated November 18th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Snapdragon 636
6
2160 x 1080
64GB
MSM8937
5.7
1440 x 720
32GB
Motorola Moto E5
Motorola Moto E5
Snapdragon 425
5.7
1440 x 720
16GB
Snapdragon 450
5.7
2160 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 630
5.9
2180 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 630
5.2
1920 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 625
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 430
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 626
5.5
1920 × 1080
64GB
MT6737
5
1280 × 720
16GB
MTK 6737M
5
854 × 480
16GB
Snapdragon 617
5.5
1920 x 1080
16GB
Snapdragon 430
5
1920 x 1080
16GB
Snapdragon 625
5.2
1920 x 1080
16GB
32GB
Snapdragon 625
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 820
5.5
2560 x 1440
64GB
Snapdragon 410
5
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 810
5.4
2560 x 1440
32GB

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